Getting on to Music and Art Programs in the U.S.
Temple University, Philadelphia
This month’s View From Campus article features Andrew Eisenhart, International Student Specialist at the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Q: Describe your institution in 5 words?
A: Large, urban public research institution.
Q: What is your institution best known for overseas?
A: Temple is internationally renowned as a top-tier research institution located in Philadelphia with hundreds of degree programs and a diverse student body of over 40,000 students.
Q: What are your top academic programs (undergrad & grad)?
A: Business, Education, Engineering, Film and Media Arts, Fine Arts, Medicine, Law, Performing Arts, Pharmacy, Public Health, Science and Technology, Social Work, Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.
Q:What are the top 5 countries represented at your college/How international is your institution?
A: China, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam (Temple is roughly 10% international).
How does your institution use IELTS in the admissions process? How valuable a tool is it in evaluating prospective students?
IELTS is a very valuable tool that offers a strong indicator of language ability and how that will translate as a potential Temple University student.
Do students applying to fine arts programs like music, art, and film for example, have different requirements to students applying to other more traditional academic programs?
Yes. Additional requirements usually include a portfolio for fine arts or film and an audition for music, dance and theater. In many cases (but not all), institutions allow these auditions and portfolios to be sent electronically for review.
Are there differences in the admissions process between colleges/institutions that are exclusively fine arts and design schools and universities that offer fine arts programs among many others?
Yes. In fact, it’s best to consult each institution’s admissions process. At a comprehensive institution like Temple University, all students (including fine and performing arts students) must be deemed academically admissible by our university admissions team. Fine and Performing Arts students must also be deemed admissible by their specific program after audition and/or portfolio review.
Are letters of recommendation from a teacher/professor important for fine arts applicants?
Yes. These are highly valuable to faculty and administrators who review an applicant’s audition or portfolio as it provides a window into their background.
As an international student, if applying to a program where an audition is required, is there a way to do that remotely/virtually?
Yes. Most institutions have contracted online platforms for this, especially if a student is from a location outside the United States. At Temple University, we use the online platforms Accepted and SlideRoom which allow students to create a profile and upload their auditions and portfolios for faculty and administration to review.
What is the most important factor used by colleges to determine admissibility of international students to fine arts programs?
Many factors including GPA, test scores, letters of recommendation, auditions and portfolios are very important. From an admissions perspective, after looking at all of the information received from the applicant, determining if the student is the right fit for his/her program of choice is the most important factor.